Watch Nevada’s Strangest Natural Wonder At Work [VIDEO]
Fly Geyser, the breathtakingly odd formation on the ground of Fly Ranch in Gerlach, Nev., tells the story of how man vs. nature sometimes ends in a tie. The odd, bulbous formations that make up Fly Geyser are the result of not one, but two, failed well drilling efforts. The first came in the early 1900s, when parched ranch owners decided to build a well. They found water quickly, but unfortunately it was near-boiling and unfit for use. So, they capped the well but the leaking water left behind mineral deposits that soon formed the start of Fly Geyser, a 12-foot high cone of calcium carbonate.
Another well was attempted nearby in the 1960s, but it also failed. Only this time, the failed well brought even more water to the surface and the mounting pressure caused the existing cone to rupture ins several places, putting Fly Geyser in a constant state of eruption. Here’s a video of Fly Geyser erupting: